By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Sep 10th 6:47pm EDT
Maurice Jones-Drew was not at the Raider's practice session on Wednesday with a hand injury and apparently underwent a "procedure" to resolve the issue. According to CSN's Fallon Smith, he is not expected to miss much time, if any. (Source: Fallon Smith on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Although it is unclear at this point what exactly the injury is or what the procedure entailed, it is apparent that Jones-Drew suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the Jets. He was able to return to the game without incident. From a fantasy perspective, the two-headed monster (so to speak) of Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden is a frustrating aspect for owners of either back. For those that have them handcuffed, the possibility of MJD missing any time would definitely open up opportunities for DMC and therefore make him a viable option this week vs. the Texans. The rest of the week's practice sessions will shed more light on this subject.
By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 10:38pm EDT
Maurice Jones-Drew took a big step in staking his claim as the lead back in the Raiders ground attack on Friday against Green Bay. On Oakland's first offensive drive, MJD took a 3rd and 2 carry, avoided a couple tacklers and found himself free and clear for a 40-yard touchdown scamper.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners of Jones-Drew circa 2011 might have been waxing nostalgic about the MJD glory days. While it was very promising to see such an explosive play from a player we just haven't seen it from the past few years, Darren McFadden still remains a threat to Jones-Drew's carries. McFadden didn't show much of anything on Friday, so continue to look at this situation with Jones-Drew as the clear number one.
By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 11:25am EDT
In somewhat of a surprise, Jones-Drew was in as the starting running back with the Raiders first team offense in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.
Fantasy Impact: While there was nothing to get too excited about from Jones-Drew's first carries in the silver and black, garnering 10 yards on just 2 carries, it's only the preseason and the Raiders offense struggled to maintain any drives. The bigger takeaway is MJD's place in the starting lineup over Darren McFadden. This will certainly be a situation to monitor for fantasy owners of both players.
McFadden showed the bigger burst, going for 23 yards on his first (and only) carry.
Both players came out of the game healthy.
Breaking Football | Sep 12th
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew had a rather forgettable debut for the Silver & Black in the loss to the Jets in Week 1, running 9 times for just 11 yards. He also, apparently, suffered a hand injury. MJD missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday with the injury, and reportedly had a “minor” procedure on the injury. According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson, the Raider back...
ESPN | Sep 8th
Christopher Harris analyzes Maurice Jones-Drew's value.